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Happy New Year and all that !
I've finally begun collecting network data for the PhD (supervisors very
relieved) and have spent the last couple of days explaining to
participants the extraordinary lengths I'm going to to protect their
identity (separate code books, unique code identifiers and numbers on
the questionnaire etc.). This is all wonderful and everyone's happy but
as I sat down to key it in tonight I've realised that all of those safe
guards really protect against unauthorised access to the hardcopy
interview records. If (as I had unthinkingly planned to do) I key in
participant names into a matrix (using UCINET) then theoretically that
data file is highly vulnerable.
I'm aware that NETDRAW has some nifty little features allowing you to
change labels & attributes - all good for post hoc diagrams, but it does
leave a problem with UCINET reports and the raw data file itself. What
is the usual procedure ? How do people deal with this issue ? I'm aware
that US IRB boards are a little touchy regarding network analysis - has
anyone had any stipulation from their IRB about this issue ?
So far no-one I've dealt with has twigged to this problem, but I thought
I'd be proactive just in case.
Interested to hear thoughts on this.
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